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NFP in Canada welcomes new president

March 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

John Haas is the new president of the brokerage NFP in Canada. He will oversee all strategic and operational aspects of NFP’s business in Canada, collaborating closely with the current leadership team. He will lead the expansion of NFP’s footprint

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How a shrinking office footprint can grow your company

February 26, 2021 by Adam Malik

You can grow your business by shrinking the office footprint, as long as you do it correctly, the CEO of Travelers Canada says. Several P&C insurance company executives are openly discussing how much office space they might actually need once

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Would your client actually buy a pandemic risk product?

February 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Even if insurance products were available for pandemic risk specifically, several businesses say they wouldn’t anticipate becoming more dependent on risk financing or insurance as a result, according to the results of a global survey from Aon. Few companies have

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Workplace Vaccination: Should you force your staff to vaccinate?

February 25, 2021 by Adam Malik

Enforcing a vaccination policy on staff is fraught with challenges, a brokerage expert warned. It’s a hot-button issue in the industry, according to the results of a recent online survey of more than 1,150 P&C insurance professionals conducted by Canadian

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When Economical plans to hold final demutualization vote

February 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An all-policyholders’ vote on demutualization is scheduled this spring, Economical Insurance announced this week. “The process for getting this meeting on the calendar is on track,” said John Bowey, chairman of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical, in an update posted Feb. 22

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Workplace Vaccination: A gateway to workplace wellness discussions

February 24, 2021 by Adam Malik

Discussions about workers’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic have opened the door to broader discussions about workplace health and benefits, one brokerage executive has noticed. If employers want their staff healthy and working productively, they need to make sure staff

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Workplace Vaccination: Follow the leader

February 23, 2021 by Adam Malik

If senior leadership wants employees to follow their guidance on getting vaccinated, they need to set the right example, experts advise. Leaders need to be seen promoting their vaccination programs, says Gigi Acevedo-Parker, a registered nurse and Hub International’s clinical

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How carriers could save brokers from ‘drowning in friction’

February 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If your brokerage is bogged down dealing with the new ways your carrier partners are doing business, you aren’t alone. As insurance companies improve their products, introduce paperless initiatives, and upgrade from legacy systems, their broker partners often need to

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Workplace Vaccination: A four-part series coming this week

February 19, 2021 by Adam Malik

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is a common talking point around the virtual water cooler these days. Many questions remain up in the air while the industry longs for something resembling normal social interaction. Starting Tuesday, Canadian Underwriter‘s online coverage will

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Your staff’s mental health: What to watch for

February 18, 2021 by Adam Malik

Investing in the mental health of your staff has always been important, but the COVID-19 pandemic has driven home just how important it is, says one Canadian P&C insurer executive. “I think we’ve really learned through 2020 and now into

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What brokers are asking of their underwriters

February 12, 2021 by David Gambrill

In the midst of a hard market in several Canadian commercial insurance lines, several senior Canadian broker executives are urging underwriters not to substitute data and analytics entirely for their own good judgment about what constitutes a good or a

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Origin of Excel & Y Insurance Services features renowned Alberta brokers

February 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Lundgren & Young Insurance is forming a new Alberta brokerage, Excel & Y Insurance Services, as a result of a partnership with Excel Insurance Group Inc. “We remain an independent brokerage wholly owned by myself and my family,” said Robyn